“Thanksgiving and Praise”

“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

  Serve the LORD with gladness: come before His presence with singing.

Know ye that the LORD He is God: it is He that has made us, and not we ourselves;

we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise:

be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.

For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endures to all generations.”

-Psalm 100

“Dancing”

” You have turned for me my mourning into dancing:

You have put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness. 

To the end that my glory may sing praise to You, and not be silent.

O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.”

Psalm 30:11-12

“Eternal Life, Eternal Joy!”

“Look, He is coming in the clouds and every eye shall see Him…”  -Revelation 1:7

“Jesus is all the world to me;

I want no better friend.

I trust Him now; I’ll trust Him when

Life’s fleeting days shall end.

Beautiful life with such a Friend;

Beautiful life that has no end!

Eternal life, eternal joy,

He’s my Friend.”

Hymn – “Jesus Is All The World To Me” by Will Lamartine Thompson

“True To Him I’ll Be”

“Jesus is all the world to me;

And true to Him I”ll be.

Oh, how could I this Friend deny

When He’s so true to me?

Following Him I know I’m right;

He watches o’er me day and night.

Following Him by day and night,

He’s my Friend.”

 

Hymn – “Jesus Is All The World To Me” by Will Lamartine Thompson

“He’s My Friend”

“Jesus is all the world to me;

My friend in trials sore.

I go to Him for blessings, and

He gives them o’er and o’er.

He sends the sunshine and the rain;

He sends the harvest’s golden grain:

Sunshine and rain, harvest of grain–

He’s my Friend.”

 

Hymn- “Jesus Is All The Word To Me” by Will Lamartine Thompson

“Jesus Is All The World To Me”

“Jesus is all the world to me;

My life, my joy, my all.

He is my strength from day to day;

Without Him I would fall.

When I am sad, to Him I go;

No other one can cheer me so.

When I am sad, He makes me glad;

He’s my Friend.”

 

-Hymn -“Jesus is All The World to Me” by Will Lamartine Thompson

With Thanksgiving

“O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms.

For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

In His hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is His also.

The sea is His… He made it: and His Hands formed the dry land.

O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.”

Psalm 95:1-6

Harvest of Joy

“When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion,

We were like them that dream.

Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the nations,

The LORD has done great things for them.

The LORD has done great things for us; and we are glad.

Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the South.

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.”

Psalm 126:1-5

“There Is None Like You”

There is none like You…

No one else can touch my heart like You do,

I could search for all eternity long and find

There is none, there is none

There is none like You.  -Michael W. Smith

“LORD, there is no one like You!

For You are great, and Your Name is full of power.

Who would not fear You, O King of nations?

That title belongs to You alone!

Among all the wise people of the earth

and in all the kingdoms of the world,

there is no one like You.”

Jeremiah 10:6-7

Total Makeover

“The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,

 Arise, and go down to the potter’s house,…

there I will cause thee to hear my words.

Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD.”

“Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand...”

Jeremiah 18:1-6

“His Way Is Perfect”

“As for God, His way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried:

He is a buckler to all those that trust in Him.

For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?

It is God that girdes me with strength, and makes my way perfect.

He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places.

He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.

Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up,

… thy gentleness hath made me great.”

Psalm 18:30-35

The Peace of God

Be anxious for nothing, but in all things by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

“Write the Vision, Watch it Happen”

“Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, so he may run that reads it.

For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie:

though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not delay.”

Habakkuk 2:2-3

Rest Assured

To trust in God means that He is our confidence; our minds are at rest, as we rely on His word, His integrity, His veracity, His faithfulness, and His unfailing love.

We don’t often hear stories about King Hezekiah, but he is one of my favorite examples of trusting in God. II Kings 18:5, says that Hezekiah trusted God like no other king before or after him.. What a wonderful way to be remembered, as someone who truly trusted in God. In the face of danger, at the threat of war from Sennacherib, king of Assyria, and even after the prophet Isaiah warned him that he would soon die, Hezekiah prayed to God, trusted Him to hear and answer, and God delivered him every time!

King Hezekiah’s sincere, unshakable, trust in God, serves as a great encouragement and example for us today, as we face life’s trials and difficulties. Like him, we too can be assured, that God cares, He hears our prayers,He sees our tears, and will not fail to deliver us, as we place our trust in Him.

“Never Once”

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Never once did we ever walk alone

Never once did you leave us on our own

You are faithful, God You are faithful.

Scars and struggles on the way

But with joy our hearts can say

You are faithful, God You are faithful

Carried by Your constant grace

Held within Your perfect peace

Never once did we ever walk alone

Never once did You leave us on our own

You are faithful, God you are faithful”

 

From Song Lyrics – “Never Once” by Matt Redman, Jason Ingram, Tim Wanstall

“Sometimes… You Gotta Fight!”

“…Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”

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“Put on the whole armor of God, so that you are able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”

“…Buckle the belt of truth around your waist, and

Put on the breastplate of righteousness.

Strap up your feet in readiness with the Good News of shalom.

Above all, take up the shield of faith with which you will be able

to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

And take the helmet of salvation

And the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

_ Ephesians 6:10-17

 

“Because I Love You…”

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“My son, do not take lightly the discipline of ADONAI or lose heart when you are corrected by Him, because ADONAI disciplines the one He loves, and punishes every son He accepts.”

“It is for discipline that you endure, God is treating you as sons– for what son does a father not discipline?”

“Besides, we are used to having human fathers as instructors– and we respect them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live?” …He does so for our benefit, so that we may share in His holiness.”

“Now all discipline seems painful at the moment–not joyful. But later it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”

– Hebrews 12:5-11 TLV

“Beloved”

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“I will call those who were not My people, “My people,”

and I will call her who was not beloved “Beloved.”

and it shall be that in the place where it was said to them,

“You are not My people,”

There they shall be called sons of the living God.”

“…Yes, I have loved you

with an everlasting love…”

 Romans 9:25-26 and Jeremiah 31:2

“Trees of God”

“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.” – Psalm 92:12

“Palms and Cedars are “trees of the Lord,” and it is by His care that they flourish. So it is with the saints of the Lord: they are His own care.

These trees are evergreen and are beautiful in all seasons. Believers are not sometimes holy and sometimes ungodly; they stand in the beauty of the Lord under all weathers. The followers of Jesus are the observed of all observers; like a city set on a hill, they cannot be hid.

The child of God flourishes like a palm tree, which pushes all its strength upward.

It has no growth to the right or left, but sends all its force heavenward and bears its fruit as near the sky as possible.

The cedar braves all storms and grows near the eternal snows, the Lord Himself filling it with a sap that keeps its heart warm and its bough strong.

Lord, so let it be with me.”

-Charles Spurgeon

My Future is Laid in Your Promise

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“I am Your child, beloved.

And all of my days

My future is laid in Your promise

Jesus,

To the end of the age

I am not alone or forgotten

So I will not worry or fret

My God is the God who will never forget

All of His goodness and all of His promises

He’s holding my world in His hands”

 

Lyrics Excerpt from “Holding My World” -by Kristian Stanfill

 

Because I Love You…

“Fear not for I have redeemed you,

I have called you by name,

you are Mine.

When you pass through the waters,

I will be with you,

or through the rivers,

they will not overflow you.

When you walk through the fire,

you will not be burned,

nor will the flame burn you.

For I am ADONAI your God,

the Holy one of Israel,

your Savior…

you are precious in My eyes,

honored,

because I love you…”

Isaiah 43:1-4 TLV

“Be Still My Soul”

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Be still, my soul — the LORD is on your side!

Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;

Leave to you God to order and provide.

In every change God faithful will remain.

Be still, my soul–Your best, your heavenly Friend

Through thorny ways, leads to a joyful end.

Be still my soul! Your God will undertake,

To guide the future as in ages past.

Your hope, your confidence let nothing shake;

All now mysterious will be bright at last.

Be still my soul!

The waves and winds still know,

The Christ who ruled them while He dwelt below.

“Be still my soul…”

Hymn by- Katharina von Schlegel and Jean Sibelius

“Be still and know that I am God”

– Psalms 46:10 KJV, Psalms 46:11 TLV

“I Am In Awe”

“I am now, and will forever and eternally be, in awe of God, “Blessed be His Name”, who has been so personally close and near to me, while at the same time being the GREAT GOD of all creation; greater than anyone, anything, anytime, anywhere… in and outside of time, forever and ever… Only God is Awesome”

– Faith Carr

WHO IS LIKE THE LORD!?

“Who is like the LORD?….. NOBODY!

Who is like the LORD?…..No- no-no-no-no- NOBODY!

If God is for us?

Who can be against us?

He will keep His promise.

There’s nobody like Him, NOBODY LIKE HIM!

What can separate us from the love of Jesus?

He will keep His promise!

There’s nobody like Him, NOBODY LIKE HIM!

There is none in heaven or earth like You. There is none in heaven or earth like You!

Lord we declare, who can compare?

Who would even dare?

THERE IS NO ONE LIKE YOU!!!!!

Who is like the LORD?

No-no-no-no-no NOBODY!”

Praise and Worship Song, “Who is Like The Lord” -by Israel Houghton

“And I say “Hallelujah!!! and Amen!!!” to that.

“What Does God Require?”

“There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, and yet is not cleansed from its filth.

There is a generation whose eyes are so haughty, whose eyelids are lifted up disdainfully.

There is a generation whose teeth are swords and whose molars are knives, to devour the poor from the earth and the needy from humanity.”

“What Does God Require?”

“He has told you, humanity, what is good, and what ADONAI is seeking from you:

Only to practice justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

Open your mouth on behalf of those unable to speak,

For the justice of all who are destitute.

Open your mouth,

judge righteously,

plead the cause of the poor and needy.”

Proverbs 30:12-14, Micah 6:8, Proverbs 31:8-9 TLV

“Only For God”

“My soul, wait in stillness, only for God —

For from Him comes my expectation.

He alone is my rock and my salvation,

My strong tower —

I will never be moved…

My refuge is in God

Trust in Him at all times, you people.

Pour out your heart in His presence.

God is our refuge.” “Selah.” – (which means, pause and think about it. 😊 🍁)

-Psalm 62:6,3,9 TLV

“Will the True Worshippers Of God, Please Stand Up?”

“LOVE IS PROOF”— “If You Love God, You Will Love One Another”

“…An hour is coming — it is here now– when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such people as His worshippers. – John 4:23

“It is clear who are the children of God and who are the children of the devil by this– Anyone who does not act righteously, or love his brother, is not of God.”

“For this is the message you have heard from the beginning– we should love one another.”- 1 John 3:10-11

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day. ‘Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your Name, and drive out demons in Your Name, and perform many miracles in your Name?’ Then I will declare to them, “I never knew you. Get away from Me, you workers of iniquity!” – Matthew 7:22

“Loved ones, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are from God.

For many false prophets have gone out into the world.”- 1 John 4:1

The Trumpet Shall Sound

“O, Happy Thought!”

“For the Lord Himself shall come down from heaven with a commanding shout,

with the voice of the archangel and with the blast of God’s shofar

and the dead in Messiah shall rise first.

Then we who are alive, who are left behind, will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air

and so shall we always be with the Lord.”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 TLV

Like a Watered Garden

“They Will Never Languish Again”

Languish Defined

“To lose vitality… to grow weak or feeble… to suffer from being forced to remain in an unpleasant place or situation.”

“Their life will be like a watered garden,

and they will never languish again.

For I will turn their mourning into joy

And I will comfort them,

And make them rejoice out of their sorrow…

My people will be satisfied with My goodness…”

“The LORD will guide you continually,

and satisfy your needs in parched places,

and make your bones strong;

and you shall be like a watered garden,

like a spring of water,

whose waters never fail.”

Jeremiah 31:11 and Isaiah 58:11

“Hope Beyond Hope”

“In hope beyond hope, he trusted …

And without becoming weak in faith… he did not waver in unbelief concerning the promise of God.

Rather, he was strengthened in faith,

giving glory to God. 

He was fully convinced that what God had promised,

He was also able to do.”

Romans 4:18-22

“Planted, Rooted, and Grounded”

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“Your Word, O LORD, is like air to my lungs, and water to my soul.”

“Let Your precious Word be like my bones, like my very skeleton, which is my framework, which strengthens me and enables me to stand.

And like the blood, coursing through my veins, empowering me at every point with life, health, and healing, so let Your Word course through my veins reaching every cell, tissue, and organ.

And as the life of the body is in the blood, manufactured in the marrow, let Your Word be as a seed planted within my very marrow, life springing forth as a great tree, reaching to the heavens, bearing much fruit in my life, to Your Glory and for our good.”

“In Yeshua’s Name, I pray. Amen.”

– Faith Carr

“To Everything A Season”

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“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”

A time to be born, and a time to die;  a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal;  a time to break down, and A time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and A time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and A time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”

-Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 TLV

“By Trusting”

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“By trusting you are being protected by God’s power for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

You rejoice in this greatly, even though for now for a little while… you have been distressed by various trials.

These trials are so that the “true metal” of your faith… may come to light in praise and honor and glory at the revelation of Yeshua Messiah.

Though you have not seen Him, you love Him.

And even though you don’t see Him now, you trust Him…”

– 1 Peter 1:5-8 TLV

“Do You Trust Him?”

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“WE HAVE A BIG GOD. WE HAVE A WONDERFUL JESUS.

WE HAVE A GLORIOUS COMFORTER.

GOD’S CANOPY IS OVER YOU AND WILL COVER YOU AT ALL TIMES,

PRESERVING YOU FROM EVIL.

UNDER HIS WINGS SHALL YOU TRUST.

THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL, AND IN IT’S TREASURES YOU WILL FIND ETERNAL LIFE.

IF YOU DARE TRUST THIS WONDERFUL LORD, THIS LORD OF LIFE, YOU WILL FIND IN HIM EVERYTHING YOU NEED.”

– Smith Wigglesworth

 

“Why Things Happen As They Do”

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“Why things happen as they do

we do not always know,
And we cannot always fathom
why our spirits sink so low.
We flounder in our dark distress,
we are wavering and unstable,
But when we’re most inadequate,
the Lord God’s always able-
For though we are incapable,
God is powerful and great,
And there’s no darkness of the mind that
God can’t penetrate…
And while He may not instantly
unravel all the strands
Of  tangled thoughts that trouble us,
He completely understands-
And in His time, if we have faith,
He will gradually restore
The brightness to our spirits
that we’ve been longing for.
So remember there’s no cloud too dark
for God’s light to penetrate
If we just keep on believing
and have faith enough to wait.”
  -Helen Steiner Rice

Amazing Grace

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“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.

I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind but now I see.

Through many dangers toils and snares, I have already come

His grace has brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.”

 

“Amazing Grace” by John Newton

“Remember Me”

 

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“And He took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.” Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.” Luke 22:19-20

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There are many traditions, holidays, and ceremonies, that we observe and hold in remembrance, and many of them in the name of Christianity. We celebrate birthdays, and Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter, and that’s fine, they are special days, and it’s good to celebrate, but there is one thing that the Lord has asked us to observe, in remembrance of Him, and the sacrifice that He made to redeem us, saying, “Do this as oft as you will, in remembrance of me.”  II Corinthians 11:25

As we remember the last supper today, we are also reminded of Christ’s sacrificial love for all of us…We are reminded of His tremendous suffering, and the price that He paid to save us, and that by His grace, through faith, we are saved.

Thank you, Lord Jesus.

“He Watches Over You”

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“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains — from where does my help come?”

“My help comes from ADONAI,  Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip.

Your keeper will not slumber.

Behold, the Keeper of Israel

neither slumbers nor sleeps.

ADONAI is your keeper. ADONAI is your shadow at your right hand.

The sun will not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.

ADONAI will protect you from all evil.

He will guard your life.

ADONAI will watch over your coming and your going

From this time forth and forever more.”

Psalm 121  –Tree of Life Version

“Hosanna, Please Save!”

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It’s very timely, and interesting too, to know that the Hebrew  word for Hosanna is Hoshiana which means “Please save!”

And so, this Palm Sunday, as we remember what Christ has done for us, we can again say:

“LORD please save!”

“Hosanna in the Highest!”

“Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the LORD!”

Matthew 21:9

God Will Take Care Of You

“Be not dismayed whatever betide,

God will take care of you.

Beneath His wings of love abide,

God will take care of you.”

“He will cover you with His feathers and under His wings will you find refuge. His faithfulness is body armor and shield.” – Psalm 91:4

 

Hymn- “God Will Take Care Of You”- by C. Martin and W.S. Martin

 

“Look and Live”

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“Look unto Me and be saved all the ends of the earth.

For I am God and  there is no other.”

Who foretold this from ancient time?

Who declared it of old?

Is it not I, ADONAI?

There is no other God and a Savior–

There is none beside Me!

Turn to Me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth.

For I am God — There is no other.”

Isaiah 45:20-22

“You Called My Name”

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“I was buried beneath my shame… Who could carry that kind of weight?

It was my tomb

‘Til I met You.

I was breathing but not alive… All my failures I tried to hide.

It was my tomb

‘Til I met You.

You called my name

And I ran out of that grave

Out of the darkness

Into Your glorious day!

Now Your mercy has saved my soul…Now Your freedom is all that I know.

The old made new, Jesus, when I met You!

You called my name, and I ran out of that grave.

Out of the darkness,

Into Your glorious day!

Praise Worship Song- “Glorious Day” by Passion

“Suit Up”

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Put on the Armor of God

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.

Put on the full armor of God, so that you are able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the worldly forces of this darkness, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places.

Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist when the times are evil, and after you have done everything, to stand firm.

Stand firm then!

Buckle the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness.

Strap up your feet in readiness with the Good News of shalom (peace).

Above all, take up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Pray in the Ruach (Spirit) on every occasion, with all kinds of prayers and requests.

With this in mind, keep alert with perseverance and supplication for all the kedoshim (saints).”

Ephesians 6:10-18 – (TLV) Tree of Life Version

Depths of Love, Heights of Joy

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“There are depths of love

That I cannot know

Til I cross the narrow sea;

There are heights of joy

That I may not reach

Til I rest in peace with Thee.

Draw me nearer, nearer,

Nearer blessed Lord,

To the cross where Thou hast died;

Draw me nearer, nearer,

Nearer blessed Lord,

To Thy precious, bleeding side.”

 

Hymn- “I Am Thine, O Lord” – Fanny J. Crosby/ W.H. Doane

Let My Soul Look Up…

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“I am Thine O Lord, I have heard Thy voice,

And it told Thy love to me;

But I long to rise in the arms of faith,

And be closer drawn to Thee.

Consecrate me now to Thy service Lord,

By the power of grace divine;

Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,

And my will be lost in Thine.”

 

Hymn- “I Am Thine, O Lord” – Fanny J. Crosby/ W.H. Doane

 

From a Need to be Accepted

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From the love of my own comfort

From the fear of having nothing

From a life of worldly passions

Deliver me O God,

From the need to be understood

And from a need to be accepted

From the fear of being lonely

Deliver me O God,

Deliver me O God,

And I shall not want, no I shall not want

When I taste Your goodness, I shall not want

When I taste Your goodness, I shall not want

From the fear of serving others

Oh, and from the fear of death or trial

And from the fear of humility

Deliver me O God,

And I shall not want

 

Song Lyrics from  “I Shall Not Want”  – by Audrey Assad

God Will Wipe All Tears Away

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“Tho’ the clouds may hover over us, There’s a bright and golden ray,

It’s the promise that in heaven God shall wipe all tears away.

No more sorrow, no more weeping, Peace and joy will hold full sway,

For beside life’s crystal river, God shall wipe all tears away.

Every care will be forgotten, All our burdens we shall lay,

Safe within the walls of jasper, God shall wipe all tears away.

O the joy of meeting Jesus, Mortal tongue cannot portray,

But we know when we behold Him, God shall wipe all tears away.”

Hymn- “God Shall Wipe All Tears Away” by Antonio L. Haskell

“My Lord ADONAI will wipe away tears from every face…” He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes…”

– Isaiah 25:8- Revelation 21:4

Choose To Trust

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Every penny bears the reminder,  “In God We Trust” but for Job it was personal.

Job said, ” Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” – Job 15:13

Meaning, “Even if He kills me, I will die trusting in Him.” Proof of the trust in God that was rooted in Job.

No matter what. I choose to trust.

Trust in God.

 

Weather-beaten

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Count it all joy… when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance” – James 1:2

“…Boast in suffering — knowing that suffering produces perseverance, and perseverance character, and character hope.” – Romans 5:3-4

“For I consider the sufferings of this present time not worthy to be compared with the coming glory to be revealed in us.” – Romans 8:18

“So then, those who suffer according to God’s will — let them trust their souls to a faithful Creator while continuing to do good.” – 1 Peter 4:19

“After you have suffered awhile, the God of grace– who has called you into His eternal glory in Messiah– will Himself restore, support,strengthen, and establish you.

-1 Peter 5:10

Then Jesus Came

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“One sat alone beside the highway, begging,

His eyes were blind, the light he could not see;

He clutched his old rags, and shivered in the shadows,

Then Jesus came, and bade his darkness flee.

When Jesus comes, the tempter’s power is broken;

When Jesus comes, the tears are wiped away.

For He takes the gloom, and fills the life with glory,

And all is changed, when Jesus comes to stay.”

Hymn- “Then Jesus Came”, by Oswald Smith

 

Still

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“Be still ,my soul; the LORD is on your side! Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;

Leave to your God to order and provide… In every change, He faithful will remain.

Be still, my soul; your Best, your heavenly Friend,

Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul; your God will undertake

To guide the future as He has the past.

Your hope,  your confidence let nothing shake;

All now mysterious shall be bright at last.

Be still, my soul; the waves and wind still know

His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.”

 

“Be Still My Soul”- hymn by J. Sibelius and K. Schlegel

Be Not Dismayed

Be not dismayed whate’er betide, God will take care of you;

Beneath His wings of love abide, God will take care of you.

God will take care of you,

Through every day,

O’er all the way;

He will take care of you,

God will take care of you.

No matter what may be the test, God will take care of you;

Lean weary one upon His breast, God will take care of you.

 

Hymn- “God Will Take Care of You” by Walter and Civilla Martin

 

“As The Day Breaks”

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“As the day breaks and the shadows flee away,… flee away,

As the day breaks and the shadows flee away,… flee away,

Guide me O Thou  Great Jehovah,

Keep me faithful to Thy call,

As the day breaks and the shadows flee away.”

*”Sung by my great-grandmother, to her daughter, my Grandma, when she was growing up, during morning quiet time.”

Song of Songs 2:17

 

His Love Has No Limit

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He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater;

He sendeth more strength when the labors increase.

To added affliction, He addeth His mercy;

To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.

His love has no limit; His grace has no measure;

His pow’r has no boundary known unto men.

For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,

He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again!

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,

When our strength has failed, ere the day is half done,

When we reach the end of our hoarded resources,

Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

Hymn by – Annie J.Flint and Huburt Mitchell

In Remembrance of Me

“And He took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.” Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.” Luke 22:19-20

There are many traditions, holidays, and ceremonies, that we observe and hold in remembrance, and many of them in the name of Christianity. We celebrate birthdays, and Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter, and that’s fine, they are special days, and it’s good to celebrate, but there is one thing that the Lord has asked us to observe, in remembrance of Him, and the sacrifice that He made to redeem us, saying;

“Do this as oft as you will, in remembrance of me.”  II Corinthians 11:25

As we remember the last supper today, we are also reminded of Christ’s sacrificial love for all of us. We are reminded of His tremendous suffering, and the price that He paid to save us. We are reminded that by His grace, through faith, we are saved.

Thank you, Jesus.♥

Sweep Over My Spirit

Peace! Peace! Wonderful peace,

Coming down from the Father above,

Sweep over my spirit

Forever I pray

In fathomless billows of love.

I am resting tonight

In this wonderful peace,

Resting sweetly in Jesus’ control

For I’m kept from all danger

By night and by day,

And His glory is flooding my soul.

Peace! Peace! Wonderful Peace,

Coming down from the Father above,

Sweep over my spirit

Forever I pray

In fathomless billows of love.

Hymn- “Wonderful Peace”

W. Cooper and W. Cornell

Microwave Treatment

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Sometimes it’s hard to wait when you’re praying for something special to happen, and I know what that feels like…

Once, while I was waiting for my miracle, I had a dream. It had been about 6 months since I had surgery and I was growing more and more impatient about having a baby. I thought I’d get pregnant right away. But that’s not what happened.

One night, I had a very interesting dream

There were two parts to this dream. First, I dreamt that  my husband and I were visiting some friends for dinner and as the men talked in the living room, I sat in the kitchen while the food was being prepared. I was shocked to see that my friend was spooning raw, runny, red, hamburger meat, into taco shells and placing them in the microwave to be cooked. “YUCK!” I thought to myself, and when she had finished cooking, she topped them with all the trimmings, but I just couldn’t bring myself to eat any, because I saw the way that they were prepared with raw meat, and this really grossed me out!

In the second part of my dream, I was in a meat shop, and I was trying to buy a beef roast which was turning slowly on a spit. I was in a hurry, and I told the man cooking the meat that I had been waiting a long time, and was ready to go. He looked at me and said “I’m sorry ma’am but it’s not ready yet. I said  “Are you sure? It looks like it’s done.” then he pulled out a long sharp-pointed thing, and pierced through the meat, and all of this red, runny, gook came pouring out. He was right. The meat was not ready… It was as if both parts of the dream had the same meaning.

When I woke up, I thought that maybe this dream had something to do with my healing from surgery, and  how  I was not yet healed up enough on the inside.

A few days later, I was sitting in the park, watching  my son and daughter at soccer practice, when I saw a friend from church. She asked me how I was recovering from the surgery.  I told her that I was doing fine, but that I was really ready to have another baby, “After all”, I said “I’m 35 years old!”…She was nearly 50, and told me that I was still young enough to have another baby.  “God’s timing is perfect… Just be patient!..I had my last baby when I was 40 years old. ” she said. I smiled, shrugged my shoulders, and said, “But I’ve been waiting so long already.”  Then she said, ” Faith, you just had surgery… You need time to heal.”  She laughed and said jokingly, .. “What you want is the Microwave Treatment!!

When she said this, I knew that it was a confirmation of the dream that I’d had a few days earlier… “The Microwave Treatment”… It was true! I didn’t want to wait any longer.. I wanted my miracle,and I wanted it now! This instant… In fact, I wanted it yesterday!!

I was reminded by this incident, that God is in control, and I accepted that He knows best. I would just have to be patient and wait…

Three years later, I realized my miracle, and was expecting our little girl.

“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage…”

Psalm 27:14

Quiet Rest

There is a place of quiet rest,

Near to the heart of God,

A place where sin cannot molest,

Near to the heart of God.

There is a place of comfort sweet,

Near to the heart of God,

A place where we our Savior meet,

Near to the heart of God.

There is a place of full release,

Near to the heart of God,

A place where all is joy and peace,

Near to the heart of God.

O Jesus, blest redeemer,

Sent from the heart of God,

Hold us who wait before Thee,

Near to the heart God.

Hymn- “Near to the Heart of God”

By Cleland B. McAfee

Only a Prayer Away

I asked the Lord to comfort me

When things weren’t going my way,

He said to me, “I’ll comfort you,

And lift your cares away.”

I asked the Lord to walk with me,

When darkness was all that I knew

He said to me, “Never be afraid,

For I will see you through.”

I didn’t ask for riches,

He gave me wealth untold,

The moon, the stars, the sun the sky,

And gave me eyes to behold.

I thank the Lord for everything,

And I count my blessings each day,

He came to me when I needed Him,

I only had to pray,

And He’ll come to you

If you ask Him to,

He’ only a prayer away.

“I Asked the Lord”- Hymn by

Duncan & Lange

Wounded… Mended!

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How many times can one heart break?

It was never supposed to be this way.
You look in the mirror, but there you find,
Someone you never thought you’d be.
Oh, but I still recognize,
The one I love,
In your tear stained eyes.
You see your worst mistake,
But I see the price I paid.
You see the scars from where you fell,
But I see the stories they will tell.
You see worthless,
I see priceless.
You see pain,
I see purpose.
You see unworthy, undeserving,
But I see you through eyes of mercy.
I’m making all things new!
And I will make a miracle in you.
When you see broken beyond repair,
I see healing beyond belief.
When you see too far gone,
 I see one step away from home.
When you see nothing but damaged goods,
I see something in the making.
I’m not finished yet.
When you see wounded, I see mended.
Excerpt from: “You See Wounded, I See Mended”
by Matthew West

Power of Prayer & Fasting: My Story

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“…This kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting...”  Matthew 17:21

 I was praying for a miracle, and there were many times that I would get discouraged, and sometimes even depressed, because it seemed like nothing was happening…

There were only a few people during that time, that I could talk to, who actually believed with me, encouraged me, and listened patiently.   My grandmother was one of these people. She was the first one to pray for me when the doctors  said that I would never be able to have a baby.

She told me, way back then, at the beginning of my journey, that I would be a mother, and she laid her hands on my tummy and prayed for me. She had great faith. I often called her during my lowest times and she would say to me,

“God will do it. He is faithful and there is nothing too hard for Him.”

She told me that what I needed to do, was to pray and fast. She told me to always pray and fast whenever I could. Not just once, but periodically, along with my prayers, as I waited for God to do as He promised.

When the struggle and the waiting became the most unbearable, I remembered my grandmother’s words and followed her advice, and even though she passed away, during the 10 year period of praying for my third little miracle, and had gone home to be with Jesus, her sweet voice remained in my heart, always reminding me of the power and importance of prayer and fasting.

Sometimes when we’ve been praying for something for a very long time, it feels like an uphill battle…

It’s a fight, yes, but,  II Corinthians 10:4 says that, ” … the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty, through God to the pulling down of strongholds.”  Prayer and fasting are two of those mighty weapons…

Armed with the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, we press through the battle with prayer and fasting, trusting Jesus for the victory and a miracle realized.